Burnley playground improvements taking shape

Apprentices at the new shelter in Hargher Clough Park (S)
Apprentices at the new shelter in Hargher Clough Park (S)

Exciting improvements to a play area in South West Burnley are taking shape.

Talented apprentices from local business Futaba-Tenneco have refurbished an old youth shelter in Hargher Clough Park to create a covered seating area near to floodlit pitches.

The families in the Cherry Fold area are showing what communities can achieve when they pull together; this play area will be superb for the kids and their siblings in future years

Futaba-Tenneco managing director Kevin Schofield

The shelter will overlook a planned wheeled sports zone, which will have ramps for skateboards, bikes, scooters and roller blades.

The work comes as a result of a partnership between Futaba-Tenneco, Burnley Council and West End (Burnley) Community Interest Company.

Futaba-Tenneco managing director Kevin Schofield said: “The shelter has been painted in claret and blue, which was a popular choice.

“We are delighted to be able to support our community and be part of this very exciting project.

“The families in the Cherry Fold area are showing what communities can achieve when they pull together; this play area will be superb for the kids and their siblings in future years.

“Our apprentices have worked extremely hard to get the shelter back to its original condition and we are very proud of them.”

The project was overseen by Burnley Council, which is committed to the ongoing redevelopment of the town’s newest neighbourhood park.

Green Spaces manager Simon Goff said: “The apprentices have done a really great job refurbishing the youth shelter, which looks like new again. We are very grateful to Futaba-Tenneco for supporting this project, because without their help the youth shelter would have been scrapped.”

The redevelopment of the park began in 2011 and since then local people of all ages have decided on how the park should be improved.

Company Secretary Chris Keene said: “We’re really pleased with the magnificent work carried out by the team of apprentices, and our young people now have a superb place to meet and enjoy themselves.

“We’d like to thank Futaba-Tenneco and Burnley Council for all their hard work, which just shows what we can achieve by working together for the benefit of our community.”